Join like-minded safari travelers as you take off toward southern Africa on the world’s largest and most luxuriously spacious private jet, the Crystal Skye. This lavishly outfitted Boeing 777-200LR has been completely transformed to the highest standards of aviation design, featuring handcrafted, fully-reclining flatbed seats, a dedicated stand-up bar and social lounge, a team of Crystal Skye Butlers and an Executive Chef preparing exceptional Michelin star-inspired cuisine.
Launched in 1959 and fully refitted in 2012 with modern superyacht amenities, ICE LADY will be available to charter this summer in the Mediterranean.Accommodating 10 guests and featuring a dedicated lower-deck gym, she is a child-friendly option boasting a sophisticated exterior and engineering by German Frers.For full details or to book a charter, view the yacht’s webpage here.
Built in 1957 SEAWOLF is an immaculate expedition yacht and a truly iconic charter vessel. This luxurious explorer has been meticulously maintained and accommodates 12 guests in 6 staterooms.
She has already adventured to some of the world’s most remote and stunning locations such as Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands, French Polynesia, Fiji, Indonesia, Istanbul, Ireland, the Dominican Republic and New Zealand.
For full details, view the yacht’s webpage here.
Exquisite award-winning LADY JORGIA offers every luxury amenity imaginable for the ultimate charter experience. An incredible glass-bottomed swimming pool, massive fold down beach club with Espresso bar, an arsenal of water toys, hair salon, indoor and outdoor cinemas and a fully-equipped gym are just a few of these.
This stunning superyacht boasts an impressive interior volume and extraordinary comfort over five expansive decks. She features 8 guest staterooms to accommodate 12 guests, of which two convert from twin to king size and vice-versa, plus a staff cabin for two.
For full details, view the yacht’s webpage here.
Exoskeletons are being used to protect industrial workers against injury and fatigue and Heesen is now trialing the technology at its shipyard in Oss.
Let us take you somewhere beautiful. If just for a moment… Lift your arms high above your head. Take a long deep breath and prepare to dive into a cool deep blue sea.
Bend your knees and drop your arms. Recognise the moment of stillness as you anticipate the dive you are about to make. Notice your senses focus as you prepare to jump high into the air.
Stillness. Time slows down as you hang in mid air for the slightest of moments. Your mind is clear as you anticipate nothing but the coming immersion in the ocean below.
Relish the sudden firing of your senses as you break the water. The thundering rush around your ears, the coolness of the sea that envelops your body, and the thousand tiny bursting bubbles that tickle your skin.
Stillness. As the last of the bubbles pass your ears you fly weightless underwater. There is nothing but the reassuring hug of the coolness that surrounds you. Just for a moment the world is quiet.
Look up and see your world above from beneath the glistening surface. Swim towards it. Burst softly back to life as you emerge and breathe in your first rejuvenating breath. Swim, splash, play, lie quietly floating on your back, until you are ready to return to the boat.
Repeat when necessary.
ALUCIA and her submarine on a research mission. Photo credit: Ian KellettMark Dalio speaks with the conviction of one who has found a singular purpose in life. Son of the billionaire hedge fund manager and philanthropist Ray Dalio, Mark studied filmmaking in New York then worked for National Geographic before launching OceanX Media, the media arm of OceanX, dedicated to turning the stories of marine science into some of the best film and television the world has ever seen.
Filming the Giant Squid changed everything. When the world saw the huge, elusive creature for the first time in 2013, it was in video footage shot from the Dalios’ Triton sub, launched from ALUCIA, their 55m private research vessel.
ALUCIA had succeeded as a supremely powerful tool for executing research of the most spectacular kind. Mark saw the opportunity for an ambitious media mission. “Jacques Cousteau first gave the public a chance to be fascinated and amazed by the oceans,” Mark says, paying homage to the pioneer of marine-life documentaries. “But now we need to re-engage.” He points to the BBC’s worldwide hit Blue Planet II – parts of which Alucia Productions, the progenitor of OceanX Media, helped produce – as the kind of compelling storytelling that can have a real impact on the world.
A shortlist of their already impressive accomplishments includes: finding brine pools at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico, illuminating the hunting behaviour of Humboldt Squid, completing the first 1,000m dive in Antarctica, filming that Giant Squid off Japan, along with their Galapagos, Papua New Guinea and Great Barrier Reef adventures with Sir David Attenborough, Sylvia Earle and dozens of scientific researchers.
“There’s momentum now; when we give ourselves a chance to appreciate life and tell the story of the oceans, it gives people the opportunity to enact change in their own lives and to demand change from the world around us,” he says. “The awareness about the impact of plastics on life in the oceans has only just been raised, but it’s come from people seeing and understanding its impact. And now Starbucks and many other companies have banned plastic straws. It makes a difference.”
From the start, the Dalios’ desire to own and operate big boats has been about putting resources behind science. Much of Blue Planet II and indeed the Discovery Channel special that revealed the Giant Squid would not have been possible without ALUCIA, but there is a new vessel in build, even bigger and better equipped than the first – OCEANXPLORER.
“With OCEANXPLORER, we really want to take our capabilities to the next level,” Mark says. “ALUCIA served us wonderfully over the years, but we struggled to get enough people and kit aboard. With OCEANXPLORER, at 85m and 4,398GT, we can take 12-17 additional scientific and media crew.”
OCEANXPLORER will have wet labs that will allow researchers to pull up creatures from the deep, take DNA samples and return them back to their habitat. The crew will be able to run ROVs and the sub at the same time, which wasn’t possible with the A-Frame on ALUCIA. There’s the prominent bow-mounted helideck and hangar. The ship will have dry labs and media editing suites built with the advice of James Cameron and production designers. And with her distinct styling, she will be the USS Enterprise of the oceans.
“She’s going to be incredible, and a character herself in the stories we tell,” Mark says.
The vessel is currently under conversion into a Calypso-esque hero of the seas from her former life as an instrument of the oil and gas industry, a beautifully ironic turn that will add to her story, Mark points out. “When she’s ready, we will head to new and exciting locations, but also ones that are well-known enough that we’re chasing interesting leads,” he says. “We want to pioneer exploration, but also keep up with discoveries.”
“With OCEANXPLORER and OceanX we’re now putting together our four-year plan,” Mark says. “We’ve partnered with Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute for both science and ship operations. Our media team is based in New York from where we bring in producers and the team for the expeditions. And for the science, we collect proposals from both institutions and individual researchers.” They will then decide what research to go after based on the storytelling opportunity: the impact and the audience.
“We’re inspired by NASA and SpaceX,” Mark says. “We want to work with amazing scientists who are also able to take us into their research and tell a fantastic story.” OceanX’s media output will expand from television series and museum exhibits, to big-screen film presentations, live-streaming and interactive gaming.
“Now, everything is integrated,” Mark says. “We have the platform, the tools, the research labs, the media rooms and the communication facilities all on board to be able to tell fundamental stories of discovery, at source. And that is very exciting.”
Dear Clients and Travel Industry Professionals,
When the world eventually emerges from this global phenomenon, find peace at sea onboard your favorite charter yacht – or a new one!
Many owners are offering penalty-free cancellations for new charters booked before the 31st of May 2020. The Fraser team is offering ongoing support and advice, including recommending changes to locations, timing, penalty-free postponements or cancellations, remote support, and charter agreements adapted for maximum flexibility and minimized costs. We want to ensure our clients feel as minimal an impact as possible under the current circumstances, while giving reassurances moving forward. My goal is to remove any complications in the process, and get you out on the water as soon as it is appropriate and safe. Marinas in Europe are opening! Marina Genova is open to new arrivals, as is Porto Montenegro. The US and Bahamas should not be far behind.
Since the outbreak of the coronavirus began effecting charters, I was successful in canceling all contracts or postponing charters to 2021 without penalties. This was a remarkable achievement for a unique situation and shows the strong moral foundation on which this industry is built. Every owner and broker has been understanding of the situation and acted in such good faith to find solutions when, contractually, there was no obligation to do so. In this sense, we are all allies, not competitors.
In keeping you updated on industry news, featured charter yachts and destinations, I am delighted to announce the launch of my new business website Explore Gina Robertson. Please enjoy it, and reach out to me to explore possibilities for a future vacation or event at sea.
Standing by for you, confident, optimistic, and hopeful.
The announcement was formalized in a new BOFIP (Bulletin Officiel des Finances Publiques – Impots) published on 30/03/2020.
Book your charter vacation with the option of FREE CANCELLATION any time on or before May 31